Why is the Princess Diana movie called Spencer? Trailer sparks interest

Amber Peake August 27, 2021
Why is the Princess Diana movie called Spencer? Trailer sparks interest

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The trailer for the new Princess Diana movie, Spencer, was released yesterday, Thursday, 26 August. Following the trailer’s premiere, some are curious to know why the movie is called Spencer. We explore the meaning behind the title of the highly anticipated Lady Di film.

Why is the movie called Spencer?

The film’s title, Spencer, references the late Princess of Wales’ maiden name. Pablo Larraín, the film’s director has previously opened up on the meaning behind the title in an interview with Deadline.

At the time he admitted the use of her maiden name was intentional as he chose to feature her family name as the film explores the royal finding herself.

He explained to the publication: “It’s about finding herself, about understanding that possibly the most important thing for her is to be well, and to be with herself and by herself. 

“That’s why the movie is called Spencer, which is the family name she had before she met Charles.”

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What is Princess Diana’s full name?

Before she became known around the world as Diana, Princess of Wales, the royal’s full name and title at birth was The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer.

Although she later became known as Lady Diana Spencer in 1975 as her father John Spencer, inherited the title of Earl and became the eighth Earl Spencer.

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Who is playing Princess Diana?

The late Princess of Wales will be played by Kristen Stewart, who is best known for her portrayal of Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga films. 

Fans saw Stewart for the first time as Princess Diana yesterday (Thursday, 26 August) as she donned her iconic hairstyle in the Spencer trailer.

As fans react to Stewart’s role on social media, the actress has previously admitted she feels “protective” of the late royal. 

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in November 2020, she explained: “It’s hard not to feel protective over her. She was so young, everyone’s perspective is different, and there’s no way to get everything right. What is fact in relation to personal experience.”

Over the years, many actresses have portrayed Lady Di, including Naomi Watts in the 2013 film Diana as well as Emma Corrin in the fourth series of The Crown. 

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.